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Symptoms of Adult Learner Disengagement

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not.
Ann Brashares, Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood

Constant Hine outlines some common indicators that adult learners are not engaged in a learning experience in CD toolkit, Engaging Adult Learners Using Multiple Intelligences:

  1. Learners are hesitant to interact with you or peers.
  2. Learners do not care — leaning back, arms crossed, putting hands on heads, etc.
  3. Learners do not ask questions about the material.
  4. Participants do not share an understanding of the content when opportunities are provided.
  5. Participants repeatedly make "Yeah... but" statements.
  6. Participants make comments like, "This is good theory, but..."
  7. Learners have a "deer in headlights" expression.
  8. Learners are acting in inappropriate ways during the session — texting, arriving late, side talking, etc.

Scholastic, Big Day - Proven Effective to Ensure Kindergarten Readiness.


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